Abbot Columba Marmion died on 30 January 1923 during a flu epidemic – this making him in particular a Blessed for our times of pandemic. One may also think of the shock to the Community at the sudden loss of their beloved Abbot – similar to what many go through even today in different parts of the world, where people die unexpectedly of the coronavirus.

He wrote: ‘The kingdom of God is built up in silence; it is, before all things, interior, and hidden in the depths of the soul.  Undoubtedly grace possesses a virtue which nearly always overflows in works of charity, but the principle of its power is entirely within.   It is in the depths of the heart that the true intensity of the Christian life lies, it is there that God dwells, adored and served by faith, recollection, humility, obedience, simplicity, labour and love’.

His writings still speak today, nearly a century after his death. May he pray for us in all our necessities, and may God bless you this day.